In the past two years, diminishing quality has become a real concern for PV manufacturers. It is time for the industry to halt its race to the bottom, says Felicity Carus.
Yingli Green has surpassed Suntech to become the world’s largest PV company. What is the secret of its success, asks Mark Osborne.
2012 can hardly be described as a banner year for solar. But is 2013 likely to be any better, asks Felicity Carus.
The financial community and media have got themselves excited by Warren Buffett’s purchase of two California solar projects. The move is good news for the industry, but not in the way people immediately think, says Mark Osborne.
SolarCity’s IPO earlier this year looks like a ray of light amid some pretty cloudy weather in 2012. The solar shakeout continues to gobble up companies like a collapsing sun. The peak in consolidation IHS researchers say will come from 2013 can’t come soon enough for many in the industry.
With his victory in the presidential race, Barack Obama has temporarily silenced critics of his green energy policies. But attacks are now coming from new directions, says Felicity Carus.
A host of recent independent testing programmes are starting to make Silicon Valley start-up Silveo look like a player rather than a wannabe.
Two important reports - one released last month and the other to be released imminently - are really giving the US solar industry something to think about as 2013 approaches.
The Cambridge University Eco Racing team (CUER) has unveiled designs for its latest solar powered racing car. Codenamed ‘Daphne’, the prototype is being developed to take part – and with any luck win – the 2013 World Solar Challenge, an arduous 3,000km road race from north to south Australia in cars powered by the sun.
The US solar employment growth rate exceeds the national average, but the politicians are not talking about it.